Second in the state for Steptember

The Staff Health team at Cumberland step out for Steptember.
Left to right: Valeska Madrid, Robyn Selwan, Belinda Ferris, Deirdre Beaney, Patsy Barlow and Hayley Jonathan

In just one week, WSLHD Steptember teams have raised an amazing $22,212, earning us second place on the NSW Health leaderboard.

We’re not doing too badly on the exercise front either, with 152 teams taking a total of 33,628,260 steps over the past week.

Deirdre Beaney, A/Nurse Manager, Staff Health, is the team leader of one of our top fundraising teams, ‘she got legs and she knows how to use them.’

“Steptember has been a great conversation starter,” said

“Asking team members and other teams how their steps are tracking has created a positive vibe and some healthy competition.”

Although no one in the Staff Health teams has previously participated in Steptember, ‘she got legs and she knows how to use them’ have already raised $900, making them the third highest fundraising team so far.

Deirdre credits their success to careful team selection.

“We have eager participants and good contacts for fundraising,” she said.

Social Work Team Leader Nicola Haig from Auburn Hospital was part of last year’s top fundraising team, Joy Luck Club, which raised $2,185.

Nicola is participating again this year, motivated by the desire to raise awareness of people living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

“The added benefit is ensuring that I keep moving and active,” she said.

Receiving bonus donations for reaching the 10,000 step target for more than 25 days, was one way Nicola boosted her donations.

“Even if you aren’t great at asking people for money, just by being part of a team or talking about Steptember helps to raise awareness, and helps the waistline too!”

If you’re not stepping this year, you can still support kids with cerebral palsy.

Go to the Donations page and enter the name of a colleague or team or “Western Sydney Local Health District” to make a tax-deductible donation.

Find out more about Steptember at